I am SO thankful for mobile phones. Not that I have one myself, but everyone else in the family does. They are excellent for brief, inexpensive communication (and in Cyprus they really are very inexpensive!)
Dan's sent four text messages to Richard's phone to let us know that all is well. He arrived at Frankfurt airport after a bit of a delay and managed to buy a ticket to the town he's staying in. It was a two-hour journey, with a change at Heidelburg. Unfortunately the first train was late, so by the time he reached Heidelburg, the connection had left. He got on the train he was told to board, and only discovered half an hour later that it was the wrong one! So he got off, found a train map, and managed to get himself back on the correct train. All this from someone who's hardly ever been on a train in his life (he's been on aeroplanes more frequently than on trains!) and who doesn't know much German at all despite valiant attempts to learn some in the past fortnight.
Anyway, he's now at the hostel where the conference is to be held, was in time for some food, and - we hope - will have a good night's sleep. Anyone wanting to keep up with Dan's travels can read his blog; he'll probably be able to update it himself while in Germany, although when he joins the Doulos (in just under four weeks) he'll have to rely on emailing me with his blog entries as there's no web access on board.